|System: X360, PS3||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: EA Tiburon||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: EA Sports||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Aug. 12, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
The single largest addition to the game, and what sets the Wii version of Madden 2009 above the rest, is the new Call Your Shots mode. It's easy, use the Wii controller to pick a new route for any or all receivers to run, no matter how deep or how ridiculous the route may be. Call Your Shots mode is featured in both regular gameplay and 5-on-5 mode, so players should be sure to take advantage of this and be truly creative for the first time in a football game on console.
Party mode has received some updates but is a continuation of more of the same. The mini-games and quizzes are fun and all, but there is very little new there.
Gamers that have been through that particular area are likely to avoid spending much time in this area besides just stat crunching their Miis. If Madden games are a new addition to a game collection, Party mode definitely has a lot to offer after its years of cultivation.
In the end, the Madden Franchise has been a tremendous success for all involved. EA has done a great job in Madden All-Play 2009 for the Wii by taking the motion controls and skillfully bringing that element into Madden football. As much success as EA has had on the Wii, though, All-Play is a mild disappointment with its lack of upgrades within the Franchise and Superstar modes. Yet, the gameplay will continue to develop, and the additions of 5-on-5 and Call Your Shots are great for casual play, but the overall hardcore element of the game definitely needs to be ramped up.
CCC Freelance Writer